Blood is a vital health care resource. It’s our responsibility to use it wisely.

In Canada, red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are a commonly overused procedure. Inappropriate blood transfusions can increase risks and potentially expose patients to harm.

Using Blood Wisely is a national campaign that aims to reduce inappropriate RBC transfusions in hospital settings. The campaign supports hospitals in decreasing inappropriate transfusions through quality improvement interventions.

Using Blood Wisely is organized by Choosing Wisely Canada with support from Canadian Blood Services in collecting data and measuring the impact of this campaign.

Is Your Hospital Using Blood Wisely?

Here are some quick questions to help you get started:

  • Does your hospital have up-to-date (updated within the past two years) evidence-based guidelines for RBC transfusion?
  • Does your hospital have up-to-date (updated within the past two years) evidence-based education on appropriate RBC transfusion practices?
  • Does your hospital have up-to-date (updated within the past two years) evidence-based order sets?
  • Does your hospital perform prospective transfusion order screening or retrospective transfusion order audits?

Did you answer no to any of these questions? If so, your hospital may benefit from joining the campaign. Sign up below.